…walk into a bar. “What’ll you have?” the bartender asks.
Response to Readings
The Bible claims to be truth. Jesus, also known as the Word (John 1:1), calls himself the Truth (John 14:6). Theologians grapple with the ideas of divine inspiration, innerancy, and infallibility. For all this truthiness, authored by a God who is all-knowing and all-wise, the Bible is full of things that, whether or not they are “true,” are most definitely not fact. Why?
Parables, for instance, like Jesus used all the time. Others maybe better called allegories, like Nathan’s story for David. In general, describing a concept or picture that the audience could understand for a point or purpose of the storyteller’s. One of my favorites is a drinking song, or something like one.
It has always fascinated me that renowned British writers Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote during the same time, in the same country, in the same language, with the same literary form… about completely opposite things. At least, that is my initial viewpoint. What are the facts of the matter?
I have now completed his On Writing (King, 2000). It doesn’t read like most books on grammar I’ve read before. Several hours have passed since I finished, though, and the initial impact has faded. What did I learn in the middle “how-to” portion and in epilogue to the C.V.?
I liked his word picture of a tool box. To get the job done right, it follows that you need to have the right tools. For those who have clinically documented reactions to grammar [Read more…] about On Writing part 2